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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a bi-annual conference, produce a quarterly newsletter, offer continuous opportunities to network, and experience new and varied educational opportunities across the state.


The Impact of the New Town Columbia on Howard County: A 50 Years Retrospective

Columbia is the most celebrated of the new towns built in the 1960s. Recently on its 50th anniversary, it received considerable journalistic and scholarly attention as a successful example of a planned Community.

Yet it is striking that little attention has been given to the effects that new towns have on the surrounding area. How do new towns influence the development of their ‘host’ regions? This article addresses these questions by analyzing Columbia’s impact on Howard County.

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